Alberta to Immediately Halt Importation of BC Wine as Battle over Pipeline Heats Up

The move is further retaliation to BC's proposal to restrict increased shipments of diluted bitumen, something Notley says threatens the already delayed, federally approved, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Premier Rachel Notley announcing another measure she hopes will get the BC government to back down on its proposal to restrict increased shipments of diluted bitumen. Notley says the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will be putting an immediate halt on the importation of BC wine. She says in 2017 that amounted to roughly $70-million paid to BC wineries. Notley acknowledges the action will harm the BC wine industry and says she wishes it didn't have to be this way. However, she says good trade relationships built on rules are critical to a functioning economy and "Alberta will not stand by and be the only province impacted by another province's refusal to play by the rules." The move is further retaliation to BC's proposal to restrict increased shipments of diluted bitumen, a move that threatens the already delayed, and federally approved, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Last week, Notley announced the Alberta government was suspending further talks around an electricity purchase contract with BC, a move she says could cost that province up to $500-million per year.  -Tina Giesbrecht
 
Premier Rachel Notley
 

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